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CarComplaints.com Notes: The 2002 Honda Accord suffers from widespread transmission failure, subframe rust, & problems with the airbag system (SRS). We recommend avoiding this model year like the plague.

The transmission begins slipping & eventually has to be replaced, typically soon after 90,000 miles & with a repair cost of over $2,000. Transmission failure has been a huge problem for the Accord & several other Honda models all through the early 2000s model years. Honda extended the transmission warranty to 93 months/109k miles for the 2000-2001 Accord as a class action lawsuit settlement, but owners of other Accord model years with transmission problems are out of luck.

Subframe rust near the front passenger side wheel has become a problem recently, due to the poorly positioned A/C drain hose directly above that area. Repair cost to the subframe is over $2,000.

The SRS warning light likes to come on due to a defective seat belt sensor -- typically the driver's side. This sensor is covered under Honda's lifetime seat belt warranty, but some dealers charge a $100+ "diagnostic fee" or tell customers the entire SRS unit ($800) is bad.

10.0

really awful
Crashes / Fires:
1 / 0
Injuries / Deaths:
1 / 0
Average Mileage:
16,082 miles

About These NHTSA Complaints:

This data is from the NHTSA — the US gov't agency tasked with vehicle safety. Complaints are spread across multiple & redundant categories, & are not organized by problem.

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2002 Honda Accord Owner Comments

problem #10

Jul 072009

Accord

  • 88,324 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Yokohama avid trz 205/65R15 tires for my 2002 Honda Accord: I purchased a set of these tires 3 years ago as they were 80,000 mile tires (as in long-lasting). At 32,000 miles, they were almost completely bald. The mechanic called and got a $30 discount on the tires for replacement, however, considering the initial cost this is unacceptable. Yokohama should not be allowed to list tires as 80,000 miles of wear when, in fact, they are bald at 32,000 miles (and I am an older experienced driver, not a hot-rodder or excessive speeder.)

- Fairfield, OH, USA

problem #9

Dec 312006

Accord

  • miles
Tire 100% damaged in one break.

- Huntley, IL, USA

problem #8

Jul 012008

Accord

  • miles
I have had 2 of the 4 tires I bought, new Goodyear assurance separate. One blew leaving me stranded on turnpike 2 hrs. The tread was half gone with the first and 4/32 on the second. One was in July and the tire that blew was in Aug.

- Moundridge, KS, USA

problem #7

Jul 012005

Accord 4-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 47,000 miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

On April 6 and July 1 of this year I was traveling at 70 mph on the interstate when a loud explosion occurred. The first time I thought I must have hit something or been near a gunshot. When the same thing happened months later the noise sounded as though it was in the cabin with me. No warning lights, difficulty in handling, or visible damage has appeared. The noise is sudden, without warning, and immense--ringing in ears an hour later--not to mention frightening. We replaced tires in June, and all regular maintenance has been done on schedule. There was a transmission problem when the car was brand new-a clunking noise-which was difficult to diagnose, and required extended days in the shop (nearly four of the first six weeks owned). It was finally eliminated when the shop "dismantled" the car, drained transmission fluid (twice) and did assorted other "fixes". I have contacted the service department concerning the explosions, but they have no suggestions. In about 3 weeks the odometer will be at the same mileage as between the previous two booms, would really like someone else to be with me if it happens again.

- Savannah, MO, USA

problem #6

Oct 092003

Accord

  • Automatic transmission
  • 19,000 miles
I have experienced 3 tire blowouts within 1 year with my Michelin tires. I own a 2002 Honda Accord with only 19,000 miles & cannot believe that I have had to incur the cost of replacing 3 out of 4 brand new tires within a 1-year period. The first incident was Nov. 2002, the 2nd on Oct. 2, 2003 & the 3rd on Oct. 9, 2003. It appears that these tires are not manufactured up to normal safety standards since they have caused 3 blowouts from usual road hazard conditions. Michelin claims the blowouts are not covered under the warranty since the damage was due to a road hazard. Why are these high-profile & very expensive tires not manufactured to perform under normal road hazard conditions? these blowouts could have caused serious injury to my and/or others if I had been traveling at a high rate of speed and/or on a major highway. Luckily, all 3 incidents occured on local roads & I was able to pull off the road safely and call emergency road service for help. I firmly believe that Michelin should be willing to reimburse me for the cost of replacing the tires, having them balanced and for the distress and anxiety I had to indure during these incidents.

- Larchmont, NY, USA

problem #5

Jan 102002

Accord 6-cyl

  • Automatic transmission
  • 6,500 miles
Interstate highway clear, dry road conditions in light traffic conditions. Vehicle becomes unstable, begins to swerve. Attempts to control & correct have no effect. Vehicle's front left impacts center "jersey barrier" sending the car into a counter-clockwise spin against the "jersey barrier". NY wife suffered spinal fractures, broken nose, bruised ribs.......1 week hospitalization and 3 weeks rehabilitatve therapy. Injury to her spine is permanent. State police indicated at least one front tire blew-out causing the accident. None of the air bags deployed. Vehicle purchased new in October 2001.

- North Andover, MA, USA

problem #4

Nov 182002

Accord

  • miles

A D V E R T I S E M E N T S

Car (2002 Honda 2 door coupe) is less than 1 year, 10 months to be exact. While driving less than 30 mph, experienced a bubble. Dealer said to call Michelin, which was done. Tires are less than a year old yet even with a "warranty" are not covered. I question what exactly is a warranty, if tires less than a year old bubbleand are not covered" I was also informed that I caused the bubble by driving too fast or hitting a pot hole or rock. I have a clear license, never been pulled over for speeding, and never have had an accident. I feel this should not have happened now or even 2 years from now. These tires only have 16,500 miles. Michelin refuses to cover costs of replacement, which is not the real issue. God forbid I was in an accident due to the tire failure, who would be responsible" it's a question of credibility which apparently Michelin tires is not willing to accept that they are in fact responsible for the defects in their tires.

- Dover, NJ, USA

problem #3

Oct 232001

Accord

  • miles
While driving, rear passenger Bridgestone turanza tire went flat, consumer feels this occurred due to a tire defect, dealer disagreed and stated that the consumer had ridden on the flat tire and ruined the structural integrity of the tire, consumer is requesting reimbursement, tire size is P195/65R15.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #2

Oct 232001

Accord

  • miles
While driving, rear passenger Bridgestone turanza tire went flat, consumer feels this occurred due to a tire defect, dealer disagreed and stated that the consumer had ridden on the flat tire and ruined the structural integrity of the tire, consumer is requesting reimbursement, tire size is P195/65R15.

- Mount Vernon, NY, USA

problem #1

Oct 232001

Accord

  • miles
Tire blew out and I pulled over right away to change flat. Dealer refused to contact manufacturer to inspect tire for defects. Car was literally 4 days old. (tiresize: 195/65R15)

- Mt. Vernon, NY, USA

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